Written by: Zach Warren
According to a McKinsey & Co. survey, about 47% of workers had some sort of hybrid arrangement pre-pandemic, with the opportunity to work from home often limited to those in management positions. Post-pandemic, that shot up to about 80% of workers with a hybrid arrangement, consisting of workers across the job type spectrum.
However, flexible working hasn’t necessarily meant equitable work arrangements all around. A separate Deloitte study noted that while women want to work remotely at about a 10% higher rate than men, 60% of women felt they missed important meetings or lacked exposure to senior leadership. What’s more, 50% of women said that they had experienced microaggressions working remotely, and women reported feeling more burnout now than even at the height of COVID restrictions.
So how are legal organizations handling these dual realities, particularly for caregivers and those with additional responsibilities at home? The “A New Way of Working: Supporting Library Professionals in Remote and Hybrid Workplaces” session at the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Conference provided some tips for law firms and legal organizations to make sure that remote workers aren’t being left behind.